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Skin-Flicks (1978)

A young director (Tony Hudson) is a struggling filmmaker making hardcore features for the mob. His latest feature, he hopes, will be his big break into the world of "mainstream" filmmaking,... See full summary »

Director:

Gerard Damiano

Writer:

Gerard Damiano
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colleen Anderson Colleen Anderson ... Ann (as Coleen Davis)
Beth Anna Beth Anna ... Girl on Swing
Sharon Mitchell ... Susan
Jamie Gillis ... Norman
Tony Hudson Tony Hudson ... Harry
Jill Monroe Jill Monroe ... Girl #1
Dory Devon Dory Devon ... Marge (as Marisa Lyon)
Herschel Savage ... Harvey (as Loel Laiter)
Tony Mansfield Tony Mansfield ... Boy #1
Beerbohn Tree Beerbohn Tree ... Max (as Beerbohm Tree)
Victoria Corsaut Victoria Corsaut ... Kate (as Victoria Corsaint)
Gina Harlow Gina Harlow ... Dancer
Joey Silvera ... Boy #3 (as Joseph Scott)
Joan Parker Joan Parker ... Actress
Robert Kerman ... Sammy (as Bob Kerman)
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Storyline

A young director (Tony Hudson) is a struggling filmmaker making hardcore features for the mob. His latest feature, he hopes, will be his big break into the world of "mainstream" filmmaking, but will the mafia allow him to realize his dream? Written by Tory

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Taglines:

The Screen Sizzles with Sensual Excitement!

Genres:

Adult | Crime | Drama

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X | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1981 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Skin Flicks See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Shot over the course of three weeks. See more »

Quotes

Ann: How long will this take?
Harry: If there're no problems at all, four hours at the most.
Ann: Four hours? And you pay me 200 dollars?
[Harry nods]
Ann: Gee, I never thought you could make 200 dollars in four hours.
Harry: Showbiz for you, kid.
Ann: [in a sigh] Wow!
Harry: Annie, I want you to understand something. Now someday somebody might see this. Could be a relative, could be a best friend, could be someone very important to you. Now you can go out, turn a trick and get paid just like that. But film is different. Film is forever...
Ann: [...]
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Connections

References The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go (1978) See more »

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Interesting and heartfelt.
15 March 2006 | by sarabay1978See all my reviews

Gerard Damiano is most famous for his films Deep Throat and The Devil in Miss Jones, but he also produced no less than 10 additional, and very original, hardcore efforts. Skin Flicks is amongst the rarest and best of Damiano's directorial efforts. The film concerns a young enterprising filmmaker trying to produce a hardcore feature. We are given insight into the making of his film, as well as a very, seemingly personal look at New York's mafia controlled hardcore film industry in the late 70s.

Damiano paints a devastating portrait of what it was like to produce a GOOD hardcore film, or more precisely, trying to be a good filmmaker in an industry whose main concern is sex.

Tony Hudson gives an excellent performance as the struggling director, and Beth Anna, although given only a very small role as an actress involved in the industry, displays true acting ability. Her main scene might be one of the most memorable in this entire film as she, quite realistically, portrays how one would suppose an actress in the industry would conduct herself. She also delivers the films most memorable line (one which must have undoubtedly sent the films producers into a frenzy) "some men like it when I shaved my p---y, it makes 'em think they're f-----g a little girl!"

Hudson's character almost resembles Damiano himself (who, by the way plays a mobster) in that he, like Damiano, is a real filmmaker having to put up with the constraints of the industry and the mob.

Damiano's character though is certainly one of the oddest characters ever to grace the set of a hardcore film: he plays a mafia man, concerned only with profit, never art, strange considering that this film was in fact mafia financed. The pictures and technical aspects are just as good as any Hollywood production, and the main fault is the all-too-frequent sex scenes which disrupt the narrative flow of the story, which is well written and developed.

Another wonderful aspect of this film is the wonderful musical score which fills every scene. Probably composed by Damiano regular Alden Shuman, it is filled with cool jazz themes, 70s exploitation tunes, and great disco numbers, and most certainly warrants its very own vinyl release.

Historians note: The poster for Shaun Costello's Waterpower can be spotted on the wall of Savage's office.


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